Category Archives: Economics on the left

How Venezuela Came to Be – Part 2

Ten days ago, I re-posted my article ‘Venezuela has Completely Run Out of Other Peoples’ Money‘ which goes some way to explaining how the disaster that is today’s Venezuela came about – and why it should matter to Australia, where 50% … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Economics on the left | Tagged , , , , | 25 Comments

Les Miz after reality finally bites

An absolutely stunning photo. The people behind the barricades are, of course, the people who put Chavez and now Maduro into power. I wonder what they now know that they didn’t know then. If you look to the government to … Continue reading

Posted in Economics on the left, Oppressive government | 47 Comments

The resources of the nation belong to the people

Will someone please convince me this isn’t economic idiocy: PM orders gas giants: Australian consumers first: Malcolm Turnbull will impose tough new restrictions on the country’s gas producers, introducing sweeping powers to block exports unless there are adequate supplies to … Continue reading

Posted in Economics on the left, Federal Politics | 101 Comments

“The Utopia of Damned Fools”

This is from an article on “The New Deal” written by H.L. Mencken in May, 1935 and published in A Mencken Chrestomathy [Vintage Books New York 1982: pages 424-25]. It discusses how the first application of Keynesian economics by the … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Economics, Economics on the left | 15 Comments

Nationalise Super?

Alan Kohler has cashed in the franchise with a piece in the Australian today advocating that Super be nationalised. Superannuation is the only product where choice and competition are not only completely pointless, they are counter-productive. That’s because choice and … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Economics on the left, Superannuation | 80 Comments

A modern case study on the evils of socialism

Venezuela is the most important case study on the evils of socialism in the world today which is why you hear so little about it. But this did come up today: Venezuela has a bread shortage. The government has decided … Continue reading

Posted in Economics on the left, Socialism | 50 Comments

The deep state

If you are not spooked by all of this then you are made of tougher stuff than I am. MEDIA AND CIA FALL FOR ‘GOLDEN SHOWER’ HOAX… TAPPER, BLITZER RATTLED… YOU’RE ACTING LIKE NAZIS, TRUMP TELLS SPY CHIEFS… Russian tech … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Economics on the left, Media | 48 Comments

Keynesian economics refuted eight times over

Who would know this? In fact, every legislator in Congress and the American president would know this, just no one else. But what we do know is that the American recovery has been the worst on record, without a single … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Classical Economics, Economics on the left | 22 Comments

Did Rod Sims look at his own pictures?

Rod Sims gave a speech last week that has already required one correction: Correction: A previous version of this speech read: ‘…the revenue of Australia’s largest 100 listed companies increased from 15% of GDP in 1993 to 47% of GDP … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Economics on the left | 7 Comments

Piketty in Melbourne

I went to see Thomas Piketty on Friday night, author of the socialist tract of our time, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. The left has run out of all of the standard criticisms of capitalism, that it will crush the … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Economics on the left | 20 Comments